Futurebox, lightbox without the javascript and target pseudo-class

So I recently released a revised version of Futurebox which added a lot of functionality. But one thing was nagging me, the fact that it utilised the target pseudo-class to hijack in page anchors which has a few side effects that can create some major drawbacks to the technique. One being that if you click multiple futurebox links and then click the browser back button it will go through all the previous overlays that were activated due to the natural behaviour of in page anchors. The other drawback, clicking an in page anchor can cause the page to abruptly jump as it tries to bring the anchor location to the top of the page. Continue reading “Futurebox, lightbox without the javascript and target pseudo-class”

Custom radio and checkbox inputs using CSS

In my never ending quest to find weird and wonderful ways to abuse CSS and all its little intricacies, I have come up with a pretty good way of using CSS to create custom radio and checkbox inputs without JavaScript, that are accessible, keyboard controlled, don’t use any hacks and degrade nicely in non supporting browsers. The journey wasn’t easy and I was on the brink of filing it in the “to crazy” folder, never to be seen again. Luckily I had a brain wave that paid off and actually allowed this to be a very viable solution that degrades beautifully and works in 80% of the browsers. This is my story. Continue reading “Custom radio and checkbox inputs using CSS”

Even better image preloading with CSS2

Recently I read an article on better image preloading using CSS3 which presented a clever idea using CSS3 multiple background images to preload images on one element as opposed to another method of having containers for each image. As of writing the support for multiple backgrounds is fairly sparse with webkit having the best support (Safari 3+ & Chrome 1+), Firefox is introducing this in the upcoming 3.6 release.
Continue reading “Even better image preloading with CSS2”

Create the accordion effect using CSS3

Recently I have been playing around with CSS transitions and animations as implemented in webkit based browsers such as Safari and Chrome. They have been submitted to the W3C for consideration in the CSS3 spec so hopefully we should see more browsers support this soon, Firefox 3.5 supports CSS transforms which was developed by the webkit people to work alongside CSS animations & transitions. Continue reading “Create the accordion effect using CSS3”

Determine iPhone orientation using CSS

With the beta of Firefox 3.5 showcasing 35 new features over 35 days, the article on CSS3 media queries stuck out, the orientation detection really got my attention and immediately put my thought process to mobile devices, in my case the iPhone. I thought this is great maybe this has been snuck into the iPhone 3.0, unfortunately for us it wasn’t. That didn’t stop me and I got thinking about how it could be done if at all on the iPhone without using JavaScript. Continue reading “Determine iPhone orientation using CSS”